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Albany at Christmas

Holiday Events

Christmas is almost here! There's a chill in the air and the smell of peppermint and holly. Whether you've lived your entire life in Upstate New York or you're new to the area, there are lots of things to do.

Local Events

Saratoga Springs Victorian Streetwalk 2017
When: Thursday, Nov 30, 2017 - 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Where: Various Locations in Saratoga Springs
Cost: FREE ADMISSION

Italian Christmas Market
When: Friday, Dec 1, 2017 until Sunday, Dec 3, 2017 - 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: American Italian Heritage Museum, 1227 Central Avenue Albany, NY 12205
Cost: FREE ADMISSION

Breakfast with Santa at St. Mary's School
When: Saturday, Dec 2, 2017 - 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Where: St. Mary's School, 40 Thompson Street Ballston Spa, NY 12020
Cost: $5 per person

Empire State Plaza Holiday Tree Lighting and Fireworks Festival
Music, ice skating, and more!
When: Sunday, Dec 3, 2017 - 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Where: Empire State Plaza, Albany, New York
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
Visit the website for the time of each activity: https://winter.empirestateplaza.org/

Troy's Victorian Stroll
When: Sunday, Dec 3, 2017 - 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: Troy
Cost: FREE ADMISSION
Meet CRLC and ESE students and staff at 1:00 PM at Monument Square!

For many more events, from candy houses to craft fairs, visit: https://www.albany.com/events/holiday/!

And don't forget the great outdoors! The Adirondacks, Berkshires, and Catskills are only a short drive away for winter hiking, skiing, and snowboarding. Or try ice skating or snowmobiling.

If you'd like to explore more of the state, check out this list of the 10 Most Charming Small Towns in Upstate New York!

 

The Troy Victorian Stroll

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017 in Troy, NY, 11 AM – 5 PM.

Meet CRLC and ESE students and staff at 1:00 PM in front of the statue at Monument Square  (Broadway & 2nd Street).

Families and friends are welcome!

Please RSVP to info@crlcalbany.org or call us at 518-729-5407 so that we know to expect you on December 3rd.

Things to Know about Saratoga Springs

Saratoga is famous for its horse racing in July and August, its natural springs, and its historical significance (Battle of Saratoga during America’s Revolutionary War, 1775-1783, when the country established its independence from Great Britain). Saratoga is a smaller city than nearby Albany and it is very walkable.  It boasts an amazing library, parks, shopping, cinema, and restaurants in addition to Skidmore College.  Empire State English is within walking distance of the downtown area.

Information about New York’s Capital Region & the Adirondacks

Empire State English is fortunate to be located near several cities in the Capital Region of New York and not far from the beauty of lakes and the Adirondack mountains. Here is more information about our area of eastern New York State:

The Capital Region refers to the metropolitan area surrounding Albany, the capital of the U.S. state of New York. In the 21st century, the Capital District has emerged as a major anchor of Tech Valley, the moniker describing the technologically-focused region of eastern New York State. The Capital District was first settled by the Dutch in the early 17th century and came under British control in 1664. Albany has been the permanent capital of the state of New York since 1797. The Capital District is notable for many historical events that predate the independence of the United States, including the Albany Plan of Union and The Battles of Saratoga.

Spanning more than six million acres with over 100 welcoming communities, the Adirondack Region is home to the largest protected natural area in the lower 48 United States. Like a patchwork quilt, the Adirondacks are made up of twelve distinct regional destinations, each offering their own brand of Adirondack adventure. From the endless canoeing and kayaking in the Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake regions, to the extensive hiking trails of the High Peaks Wilderness in the Lake Placid Region – this is an area as diverse in geography as it is in activities and events. Bicycle between wineries on the Adirondack Coast, or dive to sunken shipwrecks in the Adirondack Seaway near the Canadian Border. Explore the Lake George Region’s family-friendly attractions and discover the Adirondack Tug Hill Plateau’s one-of-a-kind recreation opportunities.

Things to Know About Albany

Albany, the capital of New York state, is situated in eastern New York, approximately 3.5 hours from New York City, Boston and Montreal.  It’s a small city located along the Hudson River that offers a lot of activities including nearby hiking in the Adirondack mountains.  You can enjoy the feel of a city during the week and the tranquility of the lakes and mountains on the weekends.